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Iain Sturdy, Chief Engineer to the Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium, will describe why and how dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone has been re-introduced to restore flood conveyance and reduce flooding. The talk will include a brief overview of flooding mechanisms in the levels and moors and the role managing conveyance can have in reducing flooding.
The initial pioneer dredging undertaken by the Environment Agency will be described briefly. With the main focus being on the approach to maintenance of the dredged river, which has been managed by the Drainage Board over the last three years. Sediment monitoring and environmental interactions will also be discussed, as will the approach to partnership working through the Somerset Rivers Authority for this and future dredging.
Iain moved to Bridgwater at the age of 17 to join Wessex Water Authority as a Trainee Civil Engineering Technician in the Somerset Land Drainage Team. His career has remained in drainage, flood risk management, water level management and environmental roles in the South West with continued public service through Wessex Rivers, National Rivers Authority, Environment Agency and the Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium where he has worked for the last 10 years. His current role is Chief Engineer to the Consortium where he oversees all engineering aspects of the Board's work and is an enthusiastic participant in the Somerset Rivers Authority and other partnership work.